There’s so much that’s great about being a woman in your 40s.
You feel more vibrant and self-confident than ever before, and you care a whole lot less about what other people think of you and your life choices.
But about six months ago, I started feeling completely depleted of energy, and I began to wonder what was wrong with me.
On top of this, things were happening that were completely out of character for me.
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I was going to bed before my kids, at 8.30pm.
I was absentminded – like the time I was walking around the house looking for my mobile phone, yelling at the kids for the one who stole it to give it back, all while I was holding it against my ear, talking on it.
One day I stared at the computer screen trying so hard to remember the access key to my bank account – the same number I’ve typed daily for the last 15 or so years, but I just couldn’t.
I spent days staring at yet another empty Word document, praying for some words to come out of my scattered brain.
I’d spend a few mornings a week feeling like I’d just come out of a sauna.
And even though I’ve always been prone to headaches due to scoliosis, they reached the next level.
I knew it was time to visit the doctor, because I started seriously wondering whether I had a brain tumour – the pain was that bad.
The doctor suspected it may be my eyesight causing the headaches (she was in part right; it turned out I did need glasses for driving).